The best and easiest way to let your light shine is to be who God created you to be. But this is easier said than done, isn’t it? It’s hard to be your true, natural self and let your light shine when you’re surrounded by people who think you should be who they want you to be.
Another problem with letting your light shine is that you may not know who God created you to be, what your purpose on earth is, or why your life is unfolding the way it is. You may feel hurt, disappointed, angry, heartbroken, or just plain confused. Figuring out who you are isn’t easy for anyone — and it’s even harder for women who were taught to be a certain way, say the right things, and act in specific ways.
Do not despair, for I have good news! My three tips on how to let your light shine will help you focus on being who God created you to be. You might even find yourself growing and blossoming into someone you didn’t expect. Someone more Christlike, joyful, grateful, humble, peaceful, faithful, and hopeful. Wouldn’t that be lovely?
In Are You Tired of Trying to Be Who God Created You to Be? I encourage you to stop worrying about blossoming into who God created you to be. Instead, simply surrender and let Jesus lead the way. “Come, follow me,” said Jesus in Matthew 4:19. He didn’t say try to follow me, or do the best you can to become who I want you to be. He simply said “Come, follow me.”
3 Tips for Letting Your Light Shine
This blog post is part of my She Blossoms Through the Bible project; I’m writing an article for every chapter in every book of Scripture. One of my favorites so far was inspired by Exodus 25, called How to Create Something New in Your Life.
This article might nudge into first place as my favorite She Blossoms blog post. It took me a long time to learn how to let my light shine — and it only happened when I allowed myself to become who God created me to be.
If I can do it, so can you.
1. Notice how — and why — the light shines in different Christians
In Exodus 34:29-31 we learn how Moses’ light and face shone after he spent time on the mountain with God. “As Moses descended from Mount Sinai—with the two tablets of the testimony in his hands as he descended the mountain—he did not realize that the skin of his face shone as a result of his speaking with the Lord. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face shone! They were afraid to come near him. But Moses called out to them, so Aaron and all the leaders of the community returned to him, and Moses spoke to them.”
Remember that different Christians have different lights, spirits, hearts and souls. Moses was a Jew, not a Christian, and yet his face shone like the sun. Why was his face all lit up? Because he spent time with the Lord. Moses didn’t search for tips on how to let his light shine — or even how to be who God created him to be! He didn’t have time to pursue enlightenment, self-fulfillment, self-actualization or the meaning of life. He simply lived. And God called him, even meeting him face-to-face for conversations. Moses’ face shone simply because he responded to God’s call on his life.
2. Invite the Holy Spirit into a conversation
Our Scripture passage (Exodus 34:29-31) tells us that Moses didn’t even realize his face was shining the light of the Lord! He had no ulterior motive, no selfish desire to be who God created him to be or let his light shine for the world to see. All he wanted was to obey God. He felt compelled to lead the Israelites out of Egypt at the hand of God, and he did everything God commanded (more or less). Moses also allowed his personality to shine through; he got angry, frustrated and upset when Aaron and the Israelites idolized the golden calf. Moses’ time and conversations with God lit his face so brightly that the Israelites ran away in fear — and Moses didn’t even know how he appeared.
Who is the Holy Spirit compelling you to be? This is how you learn who God created you to be: you spend time listening to the Holy Spirit. He talks to me in compulsions, inner nudges, intuition. I talk to God, Jesus and Ruach (the Holy Spirit) in my journal every morning. When I hear a voice in my head, I write it down in brackets on a new line. It could be from God, or it could be my own thoughts. I don’t know, I don’t judge, and I don’t analyze or try to defend it. I simply write it down and think about it. My friend, you will learn how to let your light shine if you allow yourself to become who God created you to be. Your first step is to spend time in prayer with God, talking to Jesus and inviting the Holy Spirit to lead the way.
3. Find joy, humor and playfulness in your prayer life
I don’t know what happened with Moses and God on Mount Sinai. However, I think it’s funny and interesting that even Moses descended with the 10 Commandments on stone tablets, his face was shining so bright it scared the Israelites! This tells me that Moses’ time with God couldn’t have been all serious stoic strict ritual prayer, or all work and no play. Whose face shines like the sun if they’re unhappy, depressed, or scared? Nobody’s. Moses time with God was good. Moses was free to be who God created him to be, free to say what he thought and felt, and free to return and speak to his people as his own self.
Are you allowing yourself to be who God created you to be? Are you giving yourself freedom to say what you think and feel? Are you encouraging yourself to let your light shine and your voice be heard?
Never underestimate how much control you have in your life. You CAN become who God created you to be and let your light shine for Jesus. You are the only one holding you back. Yes, it’s hard to speak your mind and take risks with people — and yes, you will get hurt. And when you fall down, you’ll look up and see God gazing at you. You will remember the strength, love and joy of Jesus Christ. You will feel the power of the Holy Spirit…and you will get up again.
Remember Moses and all the Jewish and Christian believers who let their light shine without looking around to see what people thought. They didn’t even notice their own light shining — because that is when God is truly burning bright, strong, and true.
With His love,
P.S. If you’re struggling to let your light shine, read How to Blossom Into Who God Created You to Be.